I have to apologize for the lateness of today’s blog. I have been completely swamped with trying to complete a lot of grading while writing new curriculum. I hoped to get to this earlier today but…well, you can see how well my plans are going. Anyway, last weekend, I took time to evaluate the first of the three albums that Duran Duran has released in the month of October. That album, of course, was Big Thing and that blog you can read here. Today, I’ll give some facts and statistics about Medazzaland released in 1997. In later blogs, I’ll look at Astronaut and the albums released in November.
Released October 14, 1997 in North America, Japan, Brazil and Argentina but never released physically in Europe.
Produced by TVMania and Syn Pro Tokyo. (It appears to me then as it was mostly produced by the band.)
There were 12 tracks on the album.
- Out of My Mind
Released: 27 March 1997
- Electric Barbarella
Released: 16 September 1997
Peak Chart Position:
- Out of My Mind peaked at #21 in the UK
- Electric Barbarella peaked at #52 in the US
As I’m sure you all know, the band at this time was just Simon, Nick and Warren. A fact that you might not know, though, is that Warren played bass on the tracks that John did not. Anyway, others filled in to complete the album including:
- John Taylor – bass (tracks 1, 2, 7, and 11)
- Steve Alexander – live drums (tracks 1, 2, 5, 7)
- Anthony J. Resta – live drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), additional production, mixing and programming
- Dave DiCenso – live drums (track 4)
- Tim Garland – treated soprano sax solo (track 9)
- Talvin Singh – tabla and santoor (track 4)
- Jake Shapiro – cello (track 10)
- Sally Stapleton – background vocals (track 2)
- Madeleine Farley – background vocals (track 6)
- Mayko Cuccurullo – ultra high vocal fx (track 1)
They did complete two videos from this album, for both singles:
Out of My Mind:
EPK (Electronic Press Kit:
The Ultra Chrome, Latex and Steel Tour began in November of 1997 in the Northeast United States. They traveled throughout the US and Canada. At the end of that tour, they did a tribute show and a special show to launch SKY Digital TV in the UK. In December 1998, they did the Latest and Greatest Tour in the UK before returning to the US in the fall of 1999. The end of 1999 saw a mini-tour, Overnight Sensation, in Ireland, the UK, the US, and Chile. Here are a couple of clips to show off those tours:
Beyond all of these facts, many Duranies have strong feelings about this album. For many, it represents when John Taylor left the band or when some really stopped paying attention. For others, it equaled heavy involvement as the band seemed more accessible. Many loved the experimental music while others have yet to buy a copy or listen to it all the way through. Next weekend, I’ll share my thoughts on the album. Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts or experiences about the Medazzaland album and era.